Bad Bible maps

Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the sons of Israel, ‘They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’ Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” And they did so. – Exodus 14:1-4

When we were reading the history of the Exodus in family devotions several months ago now, one night I turned to the maps in the back of our Bible to show the family the route the children of Israel may have taken. But to my surprise, the marked route not only didn’t show any turning back (as the Lord had them do so that Pharaoh would say, “They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in!”) — but it didn’t even show them crossing through any water!

Maybe the turning back was so small it just didn’t show up on the map at that scale.

And maybe the water was there too and just so small that it didn’t show up on the map either, huh? — though it was so great a deliverance that they feared the LORD and believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses. And are we to suppose that they spent the first 21 verses in the next chapter singing and dancing that “the horse and rider He has thrown into the puddle”? It’s just ridiculous, folks. Read Exodus 14-15 and see.

And watch out for bad Bible maps.

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